The wild sci-fi comedy comes from the filmmaking team known as Daniels
Everything Everywhere All at Once is a clever and creative film, and is quite the trip. It tells the story of a Chinese American laundromat owner being visited for an IRS audit. That is the last concept that would come to mind in a movie that is actually about a multiverse opening up, and concepts similar to that of The Matrix start popping up. But here’s how the movie goes.
Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, the exhausted laundromat owner. She is busy preparing for the birthday party of her aging father, played by James Hong. Her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is also present. But the weird stuff starts happening when they’re on their way to meet IRS worker Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis). All of a sudden Waymond puts a headset on Evelyn and says that the fate of an infinite multiverse depends on her, and she has to be the saviour. She sees her whole life zooming by in front of her, but Evelyn chooses to ignore her husband. But then she sees him going solo against the entire IRS security staff.
Waymond explains that an evil, all-seeing agent of anarchy named Jobu Tupaki is out to wreak havoc. In order to defeat him, Evelyn must master “verse-jumping,” an art of jumping across different dimensions and timelines to restore balance.
The events that follow is a random rearrangement of various realities. The entire story is bizarre, but the actors play their parts well, and the action and comedy is commendable. I think the generation that grew up on multiverse movies or video games in general will enjoy the film. Or you will just be exhausted further.